Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth [REVIEW]

(Struck #1)

by Jennifer Bosworth
Summary from Goodreads:

"Mia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything."


How often do you come across a lightning addict protagonist?

That alone made me want to read Struck. Add it with a plot where a cult leader brainwashes people to become followers and leave out destruction to the rest of the world, and you just completely sold me a good story. Unfortunately, this book fell short to me.

Stuck is a story about a girl named Mia. She is a lightning addict and has been “sober” over her addiction since they moved to Los Angeles where lighting rarely comes around. Then an earthquake comes and turns the city into a wasteland. At this point after disaster stroke, Mia is caught in between two cults raging war with each other. She wants nothing more to do with any of them yet both seek her out for her “gift” which has everything to do with the “End of the World” jig going on.  Life couldn’t get anymore complicated for Mia. Well, maybe a little bit more with a mysterious guy lurking around her.

I was absolutely captivated by the synopsis and then seeing the lovely cover of this book; you can actually feel my yearning for its release. Sadly it didn’t leave me a satisfied reader in the end.

I was really interested about Mia’s addiction to lighting so yes; I was completely engrossed at first. But as I progressed through the pages Mia just got on my nerves. There was too much “Mia-thoughts” that I felt were unnecessary, not to mention repetitive. I’ve been trying to find a way to connect with her but her decisions make me more distant than I already was. I know she wants to protect her family and all but she doesn’t give her decisions some thought first before acting out on them.

I don’t get the love connection between Mia and Jeremy. It happened so fast that it felt like a snap of your fingers and… Voila! Instant romance! I also didn’t see any growth between them up until the ending. Fail.

I’m confused over the whole lightning survivors idea. This is probably because instead of understanding their practices and motives, Mia ignores them and jumps only when her family is used against her. Of course there’s nothing wrong with stepping in to save your family but what makes matters wrong is the idea that she believes the lies being fed to her but doesn’t even take the time to ask questions about their purpose and other important details. She also doesn’t listen to those who are actually caring for her but instead listens to a guy she barely even knows.

Another thing that confuses me is Prophet aka the brainwasher. I don’t get how he got his gift of brainwashing through lightning. I don’t get how those who have been struck got the power to sense others like them. Details and explanations please, after all this is science fiction of some sort right? From what I know, the mysteries in books like these always provide information over how it occurred.

Struck is the first of a series by Jennifer Bosworth. Although it has left us with a “peaceful” ending, it gave off the vibe of “there’s more to come” and “this is only the beginning” idea. But I’m not sure if I find the idea interesting enough to make me want to try the next book.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to head that you didn't like this book as much as you wanted it too, I hate when books do that to me. I totally agree with you on the relationship between Mia and Jeremy, it was lingering on the lines of insta-love and I didn't understand what was so attractive or pulling towards him. I couldn't really find much of a personality to find him suitable as the male lead.

    I also totally agree about the lightning + powers deal. I wish there was more background or details pertaining as to why powers differed and such. Great review.


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